June Afternoon Groom's Cake
Serves: 1 4-layer 8-inch cake
For the Thunderstorm Cake:
  • 3 ¾ cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fine salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup full-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • black food gel
  • 1 ¼ cup ground Oreos
  • 12 Oreos, broken into quarters
For the Stormy Frosting:
  • 1 ½ cups (3 sticks, 12 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  • black food gel
To assemble the June Afternoon Groom's Cake:
  • 2 cups green frosting
  • 1 cup vanilla frosting
To make the Thunderstorm Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 4 8-inch cake pans with baking spray, set aside.
  2. Whisk cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Beat butter in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment on high for 1 minute. Add oil and sugar and raise speed, beating for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl down as needed.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat for an additional 2 minutes, scraping the bowl when needed.
  5. In a spouted measuring cup whisk sour cream, milk, and vanilla together.
  6. Mix in dry ingredients in 3 additions and wet ingredients in 2 additions beating until just combined. Add in black food gel followed by ground and quartered Oreos. Use a rubber spatula to thoroughly scrape the sides and mix the batter.
  7. Divide batter between pans and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, rotating halfway. A toothpick inserted should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Allow cakes to cool in pans for 5 minutes, before inverting them onto a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the Stormy Frosting:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter on medium-high speed until fluffy and pale in color, about 3 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the powdered sugar, followed by the cream, vanilla, salt, and black gel. Raise speed to high and beat for another 2 to 3 minutes. Lower speed and add Oreo crumbs. Don't over beat Oreo crumbs. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To assemble the June Afternoon Groom's Cake:
  1. Tint half of the vanilla frosting with black food gel. Spoon a bit of frosting onto a cake board. Secure the first cake layer and apply some of the Stormy Frosting, apply the second layer and repeat. Top with the final third layer. Do a crumb coat, chill for 10 minutes, and do a final thicker coat of Stormy Frosting. Spoon white and black frostings randomly around cake and use a bench scrape to smear the frosting, creating a watercolor effect. Decorate with green flowers.
Recipe by Layer Cake Parade at https://layercakeparade.com/june-afternoon-grooms-cake/